California 2007 Preseason Rankings: RBs
Marc Tyler
Marc Tyler
Scout.com- West
Posted Aug 24, 2006


One of the deepest and most talented crops of running backs California has had in recent years is headlined by Marc Tyler, one of the best big backs to ever play in the Golden State.

The class of 2007 may have one of the deepest pools of running backs in California in some time, and could rival the 2003 class (Reggie Bush, Chauncey Washington and Maurice Drew) as the most talented. Tyler is the best big back nationally and one of the finest to come out of SoCal in years. Carter continues to grow and is the top back in Los Angeles. Lewis could play a number of positions while Johnson is a gifted prospect. Vereen is also a stellar cornerback but will carry the ball in college. Best, Griffin and Shaw form a strong NorCal trio.

1. Marc Tyler, 6-0, 214, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Committed to: USC
One of the most powerful running backs in SoCal history, would be a star on defense too.

2. Raymond Carter, 6-0, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Committed to: UCLA
Favorite player is DeShaun Foster, will follow in his footsteps to Westwood.

3. Malachi Lewis, 6-4, 215, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa
Versatile prospect could also play receiver, linebacker or defensive back.

4. Brandon Johnson, 5-11, 190, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Imagine what he will do as the number one running back for the Dons.

5. Shane Vereen, 6-0, 175, Valencia (Calif.)
Committed to: California
Bear fans will love this speedy, shifty running back.

6. Aaron Harris, 5-10, 180, Baldwin Park (Calif.)
Set to shatter all of former Nebraska star Lawrence Phillips’ Baldwin Park records.

7. Jahvid Best, 5-10, 185, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian
Arguably the fastest football player in the West.

8. Curtis Shaw, 5-11, 190, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Super-productive ball carrier is one of NorCal’s top players

9. Willie Griffin, 5-8, 190, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
Finally gets his chance to be the Warriors top back.

10. James Davis, 5-9, 172, Monrovia (Calif.)
If fall is as good as his summer, his stock will continue to rise.

The Next 10:

11. Ryan McCants, 6-2, 230, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
12. J.J. DiLuigi, 5-9, 188, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon- BYU
13. Roy Helu, 6-0, 205, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
14. Josh Ferrel (FB), 6-1, 245, San Clemente (Calif.)
15. Charles Neal, 6-1, 6-2, 210, Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza- Oregon
16. Avery Horn, 5-10, 180, Hanford (Calif.)- Michigan
17. Ahmed Mokhtar, 6-0, 215, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- Oregon State
18. Troy Evans, 5-10, 185, Hayward (Calif.)
19. Chike Amajoyi, 6-0, 210, San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas
20. Nicholas Grigsby, 5-11, 190, Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul- Arizona


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